Welcome to EmpireMUNC VI
Dear attendees and members of the EmpireMUNC community,
Welcome to the sixth iteration of EmpireMUNC. Since our establishment as a university sponsored high school conference in 2014, we have made tremendous progress. Each year we have grown in both delegates and staff, a strong indicator that we have been improving as a conference each year. On the heels of our most successful conference to date, EmpireMUNC VI is poised to mature as a must-attend conference on the high school circuit. Each year brings new challenges, but with that opportunities to develop: as students, delegates, and as people. With the new year already well past us, we at EmpireMUNC are excited to embark on this new journey with all of you. In keeping pace with our mission, we will always strive to bring you a world that is both fun and challenging, and continue to build on the progress that we have achieved.
EmpireMUNC I was our inaugural conference that originated from a vision of experienced seniors in the club looking to make a difference. With an immensely successful and renowned travel team, and a well established collegiate conference, it became time to pass down that knowledge to the future generation of Model UNers. As with any first conference, EmpireMUNC I was not met without its challenges. There was no previous structure, no foundation, just a group of college students with a bold idea. The successful implementation of EmpireMUNC I was the real victory that year, setting the stage and building blocks for future EmpireMUNCs after it.
EmpireMUNC II was our second attempt to reposition the conference and our chance to eliminate any glaring mistakes from the previous year. The renewed focus centered on three major things: growth of the delegate base, enable more creative substantive content, and integrate the conference as a truly fulfilling experience for both the conference staff and attendees. That being said, despite the hiccups experience along the way, EmpireMUNC II achieved its goals on its way to becoming a conference that high schools would look back on as being a positive experience. The conference was fun, growing, and still had much more to improve on.
EmpireMUNC III was the conference where EmpireMUNC truly emerged from its infancy. Correcting the logistical mishaps from the previous two years became the success story of the conference. Recognizing the inefficiencies well ahead of the days of the conference ultimately transformed EmpireMUNC into a self-sustaining forum for Model UN. The debate was lively, the resolutions compact, and most of all, the engagements genuine. EmpireMUNC III pushed delegates and staff members to be the best versions of themselves in and out of the committees. The conference saw tremendous growth in participation and became our most attended conference to date.
EmpireMUNC IV was the year that EmpireMUNC broke out of its cage. Coming off the widely successful EmpireMUNC III, EmpireMUNC IV transcended expectations and broke through on both the local and national stage. The conference drew from its New York roots and expanded its widely popular training program. On a national level, delegates from all over the country arrived in New York City for a chance to compete and immerse themselves in the Empire community. EmpireMUNC IV left an everlasting impression, and a solid base for which to grow from. With the fundamentals down, EmpireMUNC IV set the standard for future Empires to come.
EmpireMUNC V welcomed our largest conference to date and introduce a whole slew of supplementary activity to complement the conference experience. We introduced our social impact initiative, by partnering a charity program dedicated to inspire delegates to collectively fundraise for the greater good. All these changes were the result of the foundation set by previous EmpireMUNCs before us, enabling us to advance our offerings and strive to be the best conference we can be.
EmpireMUNC is committed to advancing understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. We actively try to positively affect the lives of participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize collaboration and cooperation. We envision a world comprised of civically engaged people who strive for peaceful, multilateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development. Delegates at EmpireMUNC propose solutions to global concerns while gaining skills in debate and compromise.
Cooperative, hands-on, experiential learning allows students to confront a range of topics with the perspective of their assigned country or organization. Through these experiences - during preparation in committee sessions and hallway caucuses - students develop an appreciation of differing viewpoints, experience the challenges of negotiation, see the rewards of cooperation, broaden their world view, and discover the human side of international relations and diplomacy.